Outstanding crash protection is a feature in vehicles that’s very appealing. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has released its list of 2013 models that fit its criteria. The IIHS gave the Top Safety Pick+ recognition to 13 cars, which have all received good or acceptable ratings in its new small overlap test as well as top marks in other IIHS assessments. These vehicles are the Acura TL; Dodge Avenger and its twin, the Chrysler 200 4-door; Ford Fusion; Honda Accord 2-door; Honda Accord 4-door; Kia Optima; Nissan Altima 4-door; Subaru Legacy and its twin, the Subaru Outback; Suzuki Kizashi; Volkswagen Passat and Volvo S60. There are two midsize luxury cars in this list: Acura TL and Volvo S60. However, the other models are midsize moderately priced cars.
Adrian Lund, IIHS president, said that it has tested 29 models so far in its small overlap frontal crash test and that it has determined that these 13 cars provide the highest level of all-around crash protection. The IIHS gives the rating of good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on how they perform in a moderate overlap frontal crash, small overlap frontal crash, side impact and rollover, as well as tests of seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.
To qualify, Top Safety Pick+ winners have to get good ratings for occupant protection in no less than 4 of 5 evaluations. In the fifth test, it has to get no lower than acceptable. For the 2013 models, the Top Safety Pick award was given to 117 more vehicles. To get this award, vehicles should have good ratings for occupant protection in the moderate overlap frontal test, side impact, rollover and rear tests, without considering how they scored in their small overlap rating. Lund added that those that were named Top Safety Picks also provide excellent protection in numerous crashes. Lund said that these vehicles are much safer than most vehicles on the market offered only five years ago.